Our patients have long been loving their complete smiles with dental implants, but some smiles may not feel complete without some cosmetic adjustments around their other teeth. Thanks to the skills and experience of periodontist Dr. Wagner, you can perfect your smile in more ways than just dental implants here in Chambersburg, PA.
A common side effect of periodontal disease is gum recession, the act in which gums move lower and lower on the tooth, exposing the root of the tooth. This leaves the sensitive roots of the teeth exposed to harmful bacteria, often leading to tooth decay and gum disease.
While treatments like Pinhole Surgery can help “tug” the gums back into proper place, extreme gum recession can be solved with a soft tissue graft. If this is your first time discovering soft tissue grafts for dentistry, this is the application of new mouth tissue to the receded area. The new tissue bonds with the gums and covers up the teeth again, protecting the roots.
Then there’s the opposite side of the spectrum from gum recession: there are cases where patients have gums that cover up a little too much of their teeth, making it difficult to place a filling, restoration, or even an implant.
Let’s say that your tooth has broken and is in need of a dental crown to protect it. Crowns need a tooth base to be anchored on, and if the gums are covering up that bit of tooth, then they need to be reduced. That’s where crown lengthening comes in. Crown lengthening reduces the amount of gum tissue in the area, to give the teeth a more natural, pleasing appearance. Ask Dr. Wagner about crown lengthening as part of your dental implant procedure, to give yourself a shapely smile in addition to a complete one.
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Now, instead of lengthening the crown to reduce the appearance of a “gummy smile”, some patients simply have lips that pull back too far when they smile. While they may have a healthy gum-to-tooth ratio underneath, the lips are positioned in such a way that it reveals more of the gums than necessary.
The surgical process itself involves removing excess gum tissue that connects to the lip, and reattaching the lip tissue to the gum tissue at a midpoint. This way, less gum will be shown when the patient smiles, framing the teeth in a more aesthetically pleasing way.
Dental implants are a great solution to tooth loss, as they come with many health benefits, and are made to look and feel like your natural teeth. But while dental implants can fill in the gaps in your teeth, cosmetic treatments are another way that you can improve the appearance of your smile. Filling in that lost tooth is a great achievement, and you shouldn’t feel self-conscious about the rest of your smile. A simple cosmetic touch-up, such as adjusting the way your gums are positioned, can create a more attractive frame for your smile.
Finding your dream smile is just a consultation away! Talk to Dr. Wagner, renowned periodontist, about what cosmetic treatments can improve the appearance of your smile along with your implants. When you’re happier with your smile, your confidence will shine through.
Dr. Rebecca Wagner
129 Chambers Hill Dr.
Chambersburg, PA 17201
Tuesday: 9AM – 4PM
Wednesday: 9AM – 4PM
Thursday: 7:30AM – 3:30PM
Friday: 7:30AM – 3PM